(MAY 31) Today Duda
Yankovich and her team from Brazil arrived in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, in anticipation of her fighting multi-world champion
Holly Holm, of New Mexico, on June 5th.
Yankovich said, "I
did not travel over 10,000 miles to lose. I expect to win and
get some respect from the boxing community."
"We plan on shocking Brazil and the world this Friday at the
Isleta Casino and Resort", added Yankovich.
Yankovich will be coming into the fight against Holm with an
undefeated record of 11-0-0 (5 KO), and holder of the WIBA World
Junior Welterweight Title. Before turning pro, Duda was a highly
respected kickboxer, winning a gold medal in the 2000
Pan-American open amateur kickboxiing championship, and gold
medals in the South American Amateur Kickboxing Championship in
both 2001 and 2003. She got involved in amateur boxing in 2003.
A coach from one of
the Brazilian national male teams saw her in an exhibition match
and invited her to train as a boxer. Duda went on to become the
Brazilian 140-lb amateur boxing champion for the first time in
2002, then repeated her success in 2003 and 2004. More on